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Where to find social innovation for refugees in Vienna?

SIforREF project identifies four socially innovative practices which make a difference in social integration of refugees in Vienna.

Find out more on Haus Awat, Stand129, Werkstart and Magdas Hotel and their impact on social innovation.

The SIforREF-team [] (in Vienna: Department of Geography and Regional Research and Department of Sociology at University of Vienna & Caritas Wien) identifies Best Practices as innovative projects or initiatives that have proven to add value, can be mainstreamed into the existing ecosystem, and may be replicated in other regions.

Download Best Practices-Factsheet in English here
Download Best Practices-Factsheet in German here

Integrating Refugees in Society and Labour Market through Social Innovation (SIforREF)

Funded by INTERREG Central Europe, SIforREF brings together researchers and practitioners across Austria, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. Yuri Kazepov, Elisabetta Mocca, Jonathan Schmidt (Department of Sociology) and Yvonne Franz (Department of Geography) at University of Vienna will contribute to this project, which aims at enhancing refugee integration policies at subnational level, by addressing refugees’ transition from reception to autonomy. SIforREF seeks to make sure that refugee integration is included in the decisional agenda. The project will develop tools for designing innovative practices and will implement a regional and transnational strategy.



Ca' Foscari, University of Venice;
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Arts;
Gmajna cultural association, Slovenia;
Municipality of Parma;
Advocate of the Principle of Equality, Slovenia;
Public Company for Personal Services – ASP City of Bologna;
Berlin University of Technology;
ISI-eV Initiative for self-employment of immigrant women, Berlin;
Caritas Vienna AT;
University of Vienna;
Commissioner of the Berlin Senate for Integration and Migration;
Center for Peace Studies;
Center for Immigration asylum and cooperation;
Service Policies for Social Integration against poverty. Third Sector. Directorate General for Health and Social Policies of the Emilia-Romagna Region;
Municipality of Bologna – Community Wellness Area;
The Berlin Branch of Social Welfare Associations in Germany;

Programm & Laufzeit

Central Europe Programme

2019 - 2022


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